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Windy City Times 2021-03-31

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Cook County exceeds 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

Cook County exceeds 10,000 COVID-19 deaths

--From a Cook County press release

The Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the County's 10,000th death due to COVID-19 infection this morning, just over a year after the virus claimed its first victim here. "We mourn with the 10,000 families in our community ...
Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down mask mandate

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down mask mandate

On March 31, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' statewide face mask mandate, WISN.com reported. The ruling was four to three. Republican lawmakers filed the suit last October. They said the governor did ...
LGBTQ students sue U.S. Department of Education

LGBTQ students sue U.S. Department of Education

More than 30 LGBTQ students are suing the U.S. Department of Education in a class-action lawsuit filed March 29, NBC News reported. The students allege that they dealt with discrimination at 25 federally funded Christian colleges ...
OP-ED The closet doors are opening

OP-ED The closet doors are opening

(NOTE: The International Transgender Day of Visibility is March 31.) I recently learned that according to a new report, the number of people in this country who identify as LGBTQ has increased by 60% since 2012. ...
LGBTQ legislator faces charges over Georgia elections law

LGBTQ legislator faces charges over Georgia elections law

Georgia state troopers arrested and forcibly removed state Rep. Park Cannon, an LGBTQ lawmaker, from the Gold Dome on March 25 as she interrupted Gov. Brian Kemp during the signing of a massive elections bill that ...
Longtime Chicago LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS activist Roman Buenrostro dies

Longtime Chicago LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS activist Roman Buenrostro dies

Longtime Chicago LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist Roman Buenrostro died March 25 due to complications from cancer. He was 54. Buenrostro was born Jan. 18, 1967 in Chicago. When his father retired, the family moved to Southern ...
PASSAGES Downstate activist Buff Carmichael passes away

PASSAGES Downstate activist Buff Carmichael passes away

Longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Buff Carmichael II, who was publisher of the Prairie Flame newspaper, passed away March 21 at his home in Springfield after a long illness. He was 73. A longtime State of Illinois employee, ...
Senate confirms Levine as first out trans federal official

Senate confirms Levine as first out trans federal official

On March 24, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services—making her the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by that governmental ...

  News

President Biden recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility

President Biden recognizes Transgender Day of Visibility

--From a Center on Halsted press release

In a proclamation recognizing March 31, 2021 as Transgender Day of Visibility, President Biden wrote, "Vice President Harris and I affirm that transgender Americans make our Nation more prosperous, vibrant, and strong. I urge my fellow ...
News

Pentagon reverses Trump-era ban on trans military service, GLAAD responds

--From a GLAAD press release

New York, NY - Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, celebrates news that the Pentagon will issue ...
News

NABJ's LGBTQ+ Task Force announces new scholarship named for trans journalist Monica Roberts

--From a LGBTQ+ Task Force press release

As communities worldwide celebrate transgender and non-binary people on Transgender Day of Visibility, the National Association of Black Journalists' LGBTQ+ Task Force is proud to announce a new scholarship named ...
465+ feminist leaders sign open letter in solidarity with trans women and girls

465+ feminist leaders sign open letter in solidarity with trans women and girls

--From a GLAAD press release

More than 465 feminist leaders sign open letter standing in solidarity with transgender women and girls in honor of Women's History Month and Transgender Day of Visibility. The letter, organized by GLAAD & Raquel Willis, comes ...
Chella Man talks media endeavors, the fashion world, upcoming book, AAPI visibility

Chella Man talks media endeavors, the fashion world, upcoming book, AAPI visibility

The multi-talented 22-year-old, Deaf, genderqueer, transgender, Jewish, AAPI, artist and activist Chella Man has done more in his short life than most people achieve in their lifetimes. This includes a successful YouTube channel; TedX talk, modeling ...
See Chicago Dance Open Call: Dance For Life 2021

See Chicago Dance Open Call: Dance For Life 2021

--From a press release

Chicago Dancers United is a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the lives of Chicago-area dance professionals by cultivating pathways to holistic wellness of the body, mind, and spirit. Our primary annual fundraiser, Dance for ...
News

OP-ED: An AAPI hate crime we dare not say

On March 16, Robert Aaron Long killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. Long's action has not yet been classified as a hate crime because the motive, he stated, was his sex ...
News

Nearly half of all LBQ women have been physically or sexually assaulted

--From a press release

New study examines the social, economic, physical, and psychological well-being of cisgender and transgender LBQ women and girls A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds about 5% of cisgender and ...
New Equality Map: Bans on transgender youth participation in sports

New Equality Map: Bans on transgender youth participation in sports

(March 29, 2021) — Across the country, state legislatures have introduced bills that would ban transgender youth from participating in K-12 school sports, and in some cases in college as well. This year alone, at least ...
PASSAGES John Stephen Hunt

PASSAGES John Stephen Hunt

John Stephen Hunt—a writer, world literati and global human-rights activist based in Chicago—died March 17 of natural causes in Chicago. He was 85. Hunt came out as a 20-year-old gay man during his U.S. Army Service. ...
Talking Transgender Day of Visibility with Planned Parenthood of Illinois

Talking Transgender Day of Visibility with Planned Parenthood of Illinois

With Transgender Day of Visibility on Wed., March 31, Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL), one of the largest providers of gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) and general care for transgender patients ...
NATIONAL Anti-trans attacks, Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, tower, Mary Trump

NATIONAL Anti-trans attacks, Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, tower, Mary Trump

Rayanna Pardo, a 26-year-old Latinx trans woman, was struck by a car and killed while fleeing from a small mob in Los Angeles on March 17, out.com reported. Security video showed Pardo being chased and assaulted ...
Mara Keisling leaving national trans group

Mara Keisling leaving national trans group

After 18 years leading the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Mara Keisling is not renewing her contract, according to LGBTQ Nation. Current Deputy Executive Director Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen will succeed her. In a statement on the ...
WORLD Pride in London, racist drag shows, Korean defector, Alan Turing

WORLD Pride in London, racist drag shows, Korean defector, Alan Turing

Pride in London announced that its five most senior members, including its co-chairs, will step down following damning accounts of racism and bullying, PinkNews reported. The non-profit has been deluged by demands for new leadership after ...
Another anti-trans sports bill signed, this time in Tennessee

Another anti-trans sports bill signed, this time in Tennessee

Transgender students in Tennessee will be required to compete in school sports according to their sex at birth after Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a controversial bill into law March 26, according to The Tennessean. Tennessee ...
News

Congressional Equality Caucus announces leadership of Transgender Equality Task Force

--From a press release

Washington, D.C. — The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is excited to announce the leadership of the Transgender Equality Task Force for the 117th Congress. The Task Force will work with the Caucus to amplify transgender issues ...
News

Victory Institute condemns arrest of Rep. Park Cannon in Georgia State Capitol

--From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Institute — the only national organization dedicated to creating a pipeline of LGBTQ public leaders — condemned the arrest of out LGBTQ Georgia state Representative Park Cannon and called on ...
PASSAGES Roman Buenrostro

PASSAGES Roman Buenrostro

Roman Buenrostro, a past AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) Director of Special Projects passed away on March 25, 2021. He was a longtime LGBTQ+ leader and activist for people living with HIV and a co-founder of the ...
Newberry Library to honor Lonnie G. Bunch III on May 24

Newberry Library to honor Lonnie G. Bunch III on May 24

In a virtual event on Monday, May 24, at 6 p.m., the Newberry Library will honor Lonnie G. Bunch III for his contributions to the humanities. Bunch became secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in June 2019 ...
Rep. Mike Quigley 114th co-sponsor of Medicare for All after campaign by IL-5 residents

Rep. Mike Quigley 114th co-sponsor of Medicare for All after campaign by IL-5 residents

--From a press release

Chicago, Illinois: On March 8, 2021 a group of IL-5 residents launched a campaign called "Medicare4Mike" to call on Representative Mike Quigley to support Medicare for All. Residents gathered outside of Rep. Quigley's office every weekday ...
Arkansas governor signs anti-trans sports bill

Arkansas governor signs anti-trans sports bill

On March 25, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill into law that will ban transgender girls and women from participating in K-12 and collegiate level sports that align with their gender identity, The Hill ...
Rehwinkel to continue as state banking director

Rehwinkel to continue as state banking director

Among the cabinet reappointments and new appointments that Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced March 25 was Chasse Rehwinkel, as director of the Division of Banking at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Rehwinkel (a ...
Gerber/Hart celebrating Pearl Hart's birthday through April 7

Gerber/Hart celebrating Pearl Hart's birthday through April 7

--From a Gerber/Hart press release

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is celebrating the April 7 birthday of Pearl Hart, the "heart" of Gerber/Hart, and raising funds to help Gerber/Hart continue its vital mission to preserve LGBTQ history in Chicago and the Midwest. ...
Dr. Rachel L. Levine confirmed as HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Lambda responds

Dr. Rachel L. Levine confirmed as HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Lambda responds

--From a Lambda Legal press release

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment of Dr. Rachel L. Levine to lead the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, a critical ...
Illinoisans among latest Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

Illinoisans among latest Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

LGBTQ Victory Fund—the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office—endorsed 23 LGBTQ candidates, including New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in his race for New ...
Pfleger seeks to help community as investigation continues

Pfleger seeks to help community as investigation continues

Well-known South Side minister/activist Father Michael Pfleger sent a letter to more than 150 parishioners, community leaders, elected officials and friends of St. Sabina Church who have expressed their support for him and are urging the ...

  Entertainment

THEATER 'The Summer of Daisy Fay' out April 5

THEATER 'The Summer of Daisy Fay' out April 5

New American Folk Theatre (NAFT) is presenting The Summer of Daisy Fay—the inaugural production of NAFT's "season of audio theater" that features new recordings of three of the company's past productions. The one-woman show starring N ...
Submissions from Black musical-theater writers sought for album

Submissions from Black musical-theater writers sought for album

Broadway Records and Black Theatre Coalition (BTC) announced today the call for submissions for Black Writers Amplified, a new album consisting entirely of new works by Black musical-theater writers to be released in 2021. Black Writers ...
MOVIES 'Mommie Dearest' to come out on Blu-ray on June 1

MOVIES 'Mommie Dearest' to come out on Blu-ray on June 1

The cult-classic drama Mommie Dearest celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand-new Blu-ray in the Paramount Presents line, debuting June 1, from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on Christina Crawford's controversial ...
Billy Masters

Billy Masters

"A little prick is better than no prick at all."—Billy Masters. Yes, that's my new motto when it comes to getting the vaccine. If the promise of a prick of any size doesn't entice you … ...
SHOWBIZ 'Batwoman,' Adam Lambert, 'Glee,' Janet Jackson, 'Genera+ion'

SHOWBIZ 'Batwoman,' Adam Lambert, 'Glee,' Janet Jackson, 'Genera+ion'

The character of Kate Kane is coming back to the CW series Batwoman—but Ruby Rose won't be, according to out.com. British actress Wallis Day is joining the cast as Kane, the same character Rose played, after ...
ART 'Quantum Mirror' on Michigan Avenue through April 20

ART 'Quantum Mirror' on Michigan Avenue through April 20

Get ready for an innovative, immersive experience. "Quantum Mirror," by artist Adrian Stein, is a 300-square-foot space in Artspace 8, on the third floor of 900 N. Michigan Ave. It will run through at least April ...
MUSIC North Coast planning for Labor Day event at new spot

MUSIC North Coast planning for Labor Day event at new spot

Organizers of the North Coast Music Festival announced that the event will tentatively take place Sept. 3-5 at a new venue: SeatGeek Stadium, in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview. A press that Windy City Times received ...
Victory Gardens names artists for Black Monologues, part of Black Beauty Fest

Victory Gardens names artists for Black Monologues, part of Black Beauty Fest

--From a Victory Gardens Theater press release

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater, in partnership with The Black Women's Expo and Black Owned Chicago, presents the 5th Edition of the Black Beauty Festival (BBF), April 10-11, 2021. Offered virtually for the first time, Black ...
CHM to explore work of photographer Vivian Maier

CHM to explore work of photographer Vivian Maier

The Chicago History Museum 1601 N. Clark St., is featuring a collection of many never-before-seen works by world-renowned photographer Vivian Maier in an upcoming exhibition, "Vivian Maier: In Color," opening to the public May 8. "The ...

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